Nine players with Hawai’i ties selected on day three of MLB Draft

Josh Rojas dunked with an ice bath by teammates Brenden Hornung and Logan Pouelsen after Hawaii's 3-2 series clinching win over Nevada on April 2nd, 2017

After days of anticipation, the final 30-rounds of the Major League Baseball draft took place Wednesday where a handful of “Hawaii guys” had their dreams realized with a shot at pro ball.

A total of nine players linked to Aloha state baseball were selected on the third and final day of the draft, from the prep ranks to the collegiate level.

Joey Jarneski // Provided by Jarneski

The first player to get the call was recent Hilo graduate, Pitcher Joey Jarneski, who went in the 12th-round and will sign with the Rangers for a signing-bonus that was not released.

Waipahu catcher Kolbie Russell was taken in the 17th-round and also told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello that he will be signing with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The breakdown was four recent island prep graduates, two seniors from the University of Hawaii and two members of the 2017 UH recruiting class.


12th round – Joey Jarneski – Pitcher – Hilo // Texas Rangers*
16th round – Cade Smith – Pitcher – UH recruit // Minnesota Twins
16th round – Joey Cantillo – Pitcher – Kailua/Kentucky // San Diego Padres
17th round – Kolbie Russell – Catcher – Waipahu // Toronto Blue Jays*
18th round – Casey Ryan – Pitcher – Hawaii // Chicago Cubs
20th round – Austin Rubrick – Pitcher – UH recruit // Milwaukee Brewers
26th round – Josh Rojas – 3rd baseman – Hawaii // Houston Astros

33rd round – Matthew Gunter – P – HPU // Toronto Blue Jays
37th round – Cole Cabrera – OF – Punahou // Tampa Bay Rays

* has confirmed signing with pro team

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